A Pop Culture icon, Felipe remained one of the original members in the band for over 40 years and one of the most recognizable ones
The Village People iconic “Red Indian” Felipe Rose turns 70 today
Felipe Rose was born on January 12, 1954, in New York City, New York, USA as Felipe Ortiz Rose. Rose is a founding member of the disco group the Village People and the “Red Indian” of the group turns 70 today. Rose was working as a dancer and a bartender in the gay New York discotheque The Anvil, dressed as an Indian when he was discovered by French producer Jacques Morali and executive producer Henri Belolo and so became the first recruit for Village People. In 1977, Village People had their first hit with “San Francisco”, although this song became a hit only in the United Kingdom and Australian. Then in 1978, they had their first hits in the U.S. with “Macho Man” followed by “Y.M.C.A.” Rose and Village People have raised millions of dollars for many charities. Among them are the Native American College Fund and various AIDS charities. In 2017 Felipe left Village People after the band was reformed by band founder Victor Willis whose role was the Cop/Admiral.
Look back at the 1978 music video for “Y.M.C.A” one of the most popular songs of Village People
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